South India Temples Tour A lifetime wish of a devout Hindu to visit these great pilgrimage centers and temples.
Day 01: Arrival at Chennai
On arriving at Chennai international airport, you shall be greeted by our representative, who will escort you to the hotel, in the heritage capital of Tamil Nadu. After a check in, you will be taken for a sightseeing tour of Chennai covering Valluvar Kottam, National Art and Government Museum, St George Fort, Marina Beach, Parthasarathi temple, Birla Planetarium, Guindy National Park, Snake Park, Anna Zoological Park and Theosophical society. Dinner and overnight stay shall be at the hotel.
Day 02: Chennai - Tirupati
After a scrumptious South Indian breakfast, your 140 km journey to the holy temple city of Tirupati shall commence. Once there, you shall check into a hotel and freshen up. A visit to Lord Balaji Temple shall be organized in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay shall be at the hotel.
Day 03: Tirupati - Chennai
Following a relishing breakfast, you shall be transported back to Chennai. The journey will take around three hours. Check into the hotel and relax for the evening. Dinner and overnight stay shall be at Chennai.
Day 04: Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Once you are done with an elaborate Tamilian breakfast, you shall be taken to Mahabalipuram, located at about 58 km from Chennai. Once there, you shall check into the hotel. A half day city tour will be made in the afternoon. Major highlights include Arjuna's Penance, which is known for dramatic rock sculptures, and Tiger's Cave, an intricately carved mandapa containing a wonderful shrine of Goddess Durga. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05: Mahabalipuram
After a delightful breakfast, a sightseeing tour of the city will be made. You'll be visiting the magnificent rock temples, known as Five Rathas, which are a masterpiece of the Dravidian architecture. Also, you'll visit the Shore Temple. In the evening, return to the hotel for night's rest.
Day 06: Mahabalipuram - Tanjore
You shall be served with a mouthwatering South Indian breakfast at the hotel. Later on, a journey to Tanjore will begin. The distance of 309 km will be covered in about seven hours. Check into the hotel and relax for a while. In late afternoon, a sightseeing tour of the city will be made, wherein you'll visit Vijayanagra Fort, Siva Ganga Garden, etc. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Tanjore.
Day 07: Tanjore - Trichy - Tanjore
Once you have had a wholesome breakfast, a day long excursion to Trichy will start. Here, you will visit the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganapathi. 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple. By evening, you shall return back to Tanjore for a relaxed dinner and overnight stay.
Day 08: Tanjore
A hearty breakfast shall be provided at the hotel, after which you shall visit the world famous Chola Temple of Brihadeeswarar, a perfect example of the glorious ancient Indian architecture. Evening would be for relaxation and overnight shall be at the hotel.
Day 09: Tanjore - Madurai
After an early morning breakfast, your journey to Madurai will begin, with a stopover at Karaikudi (Chettinad). Besides historical significance, the place offers special delectably spicy rare cuisine. The 183 km distance shall be covered in about four hours. On arrival, check into the hotel and relax for the night.
Day 10: Madurai
A palatable breakfast will be followed by a visit to the ostentatious, colorfully painted and sculpted Meenakshi Temple. This shrine is dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva and has intricately carved towering Gopurams. By watching the evening aarti at the Meenakshi Temple, you'll certainly feel the presence of divinity. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 11: Madurai - Rameswaram - Madurai
A delicious breakfast will be served at the hotel. Later, an excursion to Rameswaram shall be made. Rameswaram is a wonderful city of gentle sand and surf adorned with casurina trees and stark palms. Return to Madurai in the evening for dinner and night stay.
Day 12: Madurai - Trivandrum
Have a delectable breakfast and embark a six-hour journey to Trivandrum. Check in at the hotel upon arriving. Dinner and overnight stay will be made at the hotel.
Day 13: Trivandrum
After an appetizing breakfast, a city sightseeing tour will begin, starting with Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple. The trip will also include Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Zoological Garden, Reptile House, Observatory and Kanakakunnu Palace. Dinner and night's rest will be at the hotel.
Day 14: Trivandrum Departure
Enjoy the toothsome breakfast served at the hotel. You'll then be transferred to the airport as per your schedule to board a flight for onward journey.
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Price validity - 01 Oct 2014 to 31 March 2015 - except Dec 22 to Jan 05
13 Nights accommodation on Twin/ Double Sharing at above mentioned hotels as per package.
Any meal unless specified above (lunch/dinner), Personal nature expenses like telephone /laundry bills etc.